Framed Dimensions:27.5 x 35 cm. (10 2/3 x 13 3/4 in.)
Provenance:Mrs Florence Pryde;
With McRoberts and Tunnard Ltd, London, December 1961, Where acquired by Mrs Cynthia Sainsbury;
Private Collection, Germany, until 2020.
A. Peat and B. Whitton;
John Tunnard: His Life and Works, Scolar Press, Aldershot, 1997, p. 185, no. 642.
McRoberts and Tunnard Ltd, London, December 1961.
Further information:The phoenix is the most famous symbol of renewal, a long-lived bird which cyclically regenerates and is born again. It obtains new life by rising from the ashes of its predecessor. Tunnard's interpretation of the bird in yellow on an orange ground powerfully evokes the heat of the flames and combustion and its association with the sun.
Cynthia Sainsbury (b.1926) née Balfour married the businessman (John) Barry Sainsbury in October 1961.